Phil Scherer | Legacy Managing Editor
Feb. 18, 2016; 5:30 p.m.
The NCAA has released its first set of official rankings for Division II college basketball, and if the season ended today, Lindenwood would be headed to the national tournament.
At this level of competition, the rankings are compiled by region, with eight teams making the national tournament from each of the eight regions.
In the first rankings, Lindenwood was ranked sixth in the Central Region, which is made up of the teams from the MIAA, Northen Sun and Great American conferences.
At the end of the season, bids to the national tournament will be given to:
- The winner of the MIAA conference tournament
- The winner of the Northern Sun conference tournament
- The winner of the Great American conference tournament
- The five highest-ranking schools that did not earn a bid by winning the conference tournament
In addition to Lindenwood, five other MIAA programs were among those listed in the first regional rankings. Northwest Missouri and Fort Hays State were ranked third and fourth, ahead of Lindenwood. Nebraska-Kearney, Pittsburg State and Missouri Southern were ranked below Lindenwood.